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Doctor Who Christmas special – Filming starts this week

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Filming start this week on the Doctor Who Christmas Special. Two big guest stars, Richard E Grant and Tom Ward, will be appearing along side the Doctor (Matt Smith) and his new companion (Jenna-Louise Coleman).

The Doctor Who Christmas Special will be the first story after Amy and Rory leave and introduces the Doctor’s new companion played by
Jenna-Louise Coleman.

Richard E Grant already has an association with the show. He played the Doctor in the animated Scream Of The Shalka as well as the Comic Relief spoof Curse of the Fatal Death.

For Tom Ward this is his first Doctor Who experience. He is best know for the lead role in the long running BBC Silent Witness series.

Doctor Who Christmas Special Official information

Filming of 2012’s Doctor Who Christmas episode starts this week with two big film and television stars joining the show.

Richard E Grant, actor, author and director, has starred in over 80 film and television hits including Withnail And I, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Jack & Sarah, Gosford Park and The Iron Lady.

On joining the show, Richard says: “I played Doctor Who in the digital animated Scream Of The Shalka and I’m honoured to be in the Christmas Special.”

Tom Ward, who has starred in BBC One’s in Silent Witness as Harry Cunningham since 2002 also joins the Doctor, played by Matt Smith, and his new companion played by Jenna-Louise Coleman.

It is written by Steven Moffat and directed by Saul Metzstein. It will be shot in Cardiff at BBC Wales’ studios.

Doctor Who is coming soon to BBC One and the Christmas Special will be followed by a further eight episodes next year.

Doctor Who is a BBC Cymru Wales Production for BBC One.